According to Vogue, the initial investment for cloth diapers is approximately $750 for 30 diapers. Given that the upfront cost is relatively high, it may be a barrier for those looking to use cloth diapers. In addition to the actual diapers, there are other items that you will need. Please clock here to read about some of the other products that you may need.
Getting started can be a little daunting and the initial expense a little overwhelming, so I decided to share 5 tips to help you start using cloth diapers and minimize your expenses.
Register for the diapers. Cloth diapers can get pricey depending on the type of diaper that you desire. To reduce the upfront investment, add cloth diapers to your baby shower registry. However, do not be surprised if a lot of people don’t purchase cloth diapers. Sometimes people don’t believe that you will actually use them. Your hope is to just get as many as possible because that reduces your upfront investment.
Research which type of diaper and brand works best for you. There are a number of different types of cloth diapers. Click here to learn the about the different types of cloth diapers available. I decided to use the All In One Diapers by BumGenius because I wanted to minimize the additional work required with diapers. The diapers were more expensive, but the tradeoff in convenience is totally worth it.
Invest in enough diapers. For one child you should purchase 20-24 diapers and for twins 35 – 42. The one-size cloth diapers are designed to last from birth (depending on the baby’s size) until potty training. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have enough diapers to minimize wear and tear. I initially didn’t have enough diapers in rotation and the same diapers were frequently getting washed. I noticed that after a week or two, the diapers started to stretch and the leg holes and waist increased in size, which caused leaks. Once I noticed this, I increased the number of diapers in rotation and I haven’t had a problem since. Also, if you properly take care of your diapers, then you can either sell or give away your diapers to another family or to a specialty baby store. Alternatively, you can reuse those diapers for your next child and save even more money.
Don’t buy newborn size cloth diapers. Babies grow so fast or may skip the newborn size completely, and newborn cloth diapers cost about $15/diaper. I recommend that you save the money on newborn diapers and stock up on diapers that will last through potty training which are about $20/diaper. Given that the regular diapers may be too large for your newborn, you can rent newborn diapers from a specialty baby store for a nominal fee. If possible, delay deciding on the rental until after your baby shower, as you will probably receive disposable diapers. This will help to save even more money.
Use the disposable diapers that you received at your baby shower first. I received so many disposable diapers at my baby shower that my twins outgrew their newborn rentals before they had a chance to wear them. Also, since I had a C-section and was focused on recovering, establishing a breastfeeding routine, and caring for new babies, I wanted to minimize any additional responsibilities. Using disposables really helped me to transition into motherhood. Once I was ready I migrated to cloth.
Bonus: It’s okay to skip the cloth wipes, and use disposable instead. I have cloth wipes because I wanted to fully do cloth, however I decided to skip them because I just couldn’t fathom the extra work associated with them. For some reason, poop on the wipes grossed me out. Also, I received about 5 months worth of disposable wipes as gifts. Before I decided use cloth diapers, I purchased about 3-4 months worth of wipes on sale from Costco. Therefore, I decided to stick with disposable wipes to make life easier and less gross.
Now that you know how to save money and start your cloth diaper experience, be sure to leave a comment to let me know if you plan to use cloth diapers and why.
Aisha Taylor is a single mom of twins, personal financial coach, work from home entrepreneur, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle.” She has also been featured in ESSENCE and Jet Magazine. Aisha is also the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal), a movement designed to give you the tools that you need to totally transform your finances, enjoy your life, and stop living from paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s time for you to be Financially Phenomenal! Book your complimentary 20-minute financial clarity session with Aisha here.
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